The New York Giants hope to re-sign tight end Martellus Bennett, and he has already acknowledged he would like to return in 2013, but as free agency draws nearer, the Black Unicorn's value continues to increase. Already there are rumors that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will pursue him once the new league year starts, and the Carolina Panthers are sure to follow.
Bennett's rise to the top should come as no real surprise to anyone. After finally being freed from the Dallas Cowboys, Bennett came to New York revitalized and eager to prove his worth. He did just that by demonstrating he's a multi-facetted talent capable of more than just blocking. He was a huge asset to Eli Manning & Co. in the passing game, and also showed a rare ability to play through intense pain and serious injury.
"After spending the first part of his career as a backup in Dallas, Bennett signed a one-year, ‘prove-it’ deal with the Giants, and, by season’s end, he proved he could do it all. He had already shown himself as a great run blocker, and this year proved he can support the passing game as well, as he posted 70 or more yards in four games. While he may never lead the league as a receiving tight end, it is rare to find someone who can truly do it all at the position."
Bennett is about to cash in, and rightfully so. Many, including us here at Giants 101, remain hopeful that it's with Big Blue, but rumors are already beginning to circulate that the Giants may be preparing to seek his replacement. In fact, Mel Kiper reported on Wednesday that General Manager Jerry Reese & Co. may be one of three teams looking into a tight end in the first round of the NFL Draft.
With cap issues a large concern, Bennett may have priced himself out of their range with an impressive 2012 campaign.
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